Alma R. Moates
Quilt Appraiser


Why have your quilts appraised?
  • Insurance Replacement Appraisal-This is done to place a value on a given textile to determine how much it would cost to replace it with one of "like and kind". Many insurance companies require a written appraisal from a qualified appraiser before accepting textiles as "scheduled property" on personal insurance policies.
  • Fair Market Appraisal-This is the amount set between a willing buyer and a willing seller, both being familiar with relevant facts concerning the textile and neither being forced to buy or sell. This type of appraisal is chose by a client who wishes to sale their quilt. The appraisal is NOT a guarantee of selling price!
  • Donation Appraisal-This type of appraisal is for someone who wishes to donate a textile or to establish a value for a family for an equitable distribution of assets.

Alma has successfully tested on the knowledge and accuracy of antique and newly-made quilts, both traditional and non-traditional. Testing included fabrics; construction techniques; textile dates; pattern recognition skills; and appraised value.

Alma adheres to a strict Code of Ethical Practices. She is qualified to appraise antique and newly made quilts. She will tell you if the quilt does not warrant being appraised.

A quilt must have a physical examination before it can be appraised. Appraisals CAN NOT be done from photos. Factual information is taken along with the physical examination to determine value.

Alma has been appraising quilts since 2006 and was AQS Certified in Quilted Textiles in 2008, re-certified in 2011. All AQS Certified appraisers are required to complete and report continuing education requirements and appraisal activity every 3 years for re-certification.

Formal appraisals are $45.00 each which includes a computerized typed and printed report with pictures of your quilt. An oral evaluation can be done for $15.00 per item. *Starting January 1, 2016, my fees for appraisals will be $50.00 for each written appraisal and $20.00 for each verbal evaluation.

For items shipped to be appraised, the price of round-trip shipping/insurance is required along with the cost of the appraisal.

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In choosing someone to appraise your quilt consider the following:
  • Choose an appraiser that is familiar with your type of quilt.
  • An ethical appraiser will tell you if your quilt does not merit an appraisal.
  •  It is unethical for an appraiser to purchase your textile after they have appraised it.
  • An ethical appraiser will tell you if they do not feel qualified to appraise your quilt.
  • It is unethical for an appraiser to charge you a fee based on a percentage of the value set for your quilt.
  • It is unethical for an appraiser to disclose information concerning your quilt without your permission. The appraisal is a legal document and confidential.
  • An appraisal cannot be done from a photo.


     Starting Jan. 1, 2016 all written appraisals will be $50.00/item and all verbal evaluations will be $20.00/item. *Verblal evaluations do not include a value set, information concerning your quilt only.  

  • January 18, 2017 9:30am-Lecture, Trunk Show with appraisals to follow. Island Quilters Guild, 300 East 16th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 
  • February 17-18, 2017 Peace River Quilt Festival Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center 75 Taylor Street Punta Gorda, FL
  • February 24-25, 2017 Stitches in Time Quilt Show in Naples, FL 7675 Davis Blvd. Naples, FL
  • March 4, 2017 Appraising at Silver Threads Quilt Guild Retreat, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • April 24-29, 2017 AQS Quilt Week, Paducah, KY
  • May 6, 2017 ACQG Quilt Show, Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Rd., Mobile, AL
  • June 22, 2017, 10:00am Lecture and Trunk Show, Pensacola Quilters Guild, Bayview Senior Center, 2001 Easst Lloyd Street, Pensacola, FL
  • More to be posted later!
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